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New Paid Emergency Leave

By: Angel Berberena, Esq.

April 14, 2020

Law 37 of April 9, 2020, amended the Minimum Wage, Vacation and Sick Leave Act of 1998 to create a new paid emergency leave.

Qualified non-exempt employees that are sick or suspected of being sick of an illness or pandemic that is related to a declaration of state of emergency are now entitled to a paid emergency leave of five days.

This leave is available once the employee exhausts all other leaves and only when a state of emergency has been declared by the Governor of Puerto Rico or the Secretary of the Department of Health of Puerto Rico.

Goldman Antonetti & Cordóva, LLC stands ready to assist you and your business to adjust to Puerto Rico’s regulatory and legal changes. If you need further assistance in this area, please contact any of the following members of our Firm (note that during this emergency, it will be easier for you to communicate with us through electronic mail, as provided below) :

Angel Berberena 787.759.4143
Howard Pravda 787.759.4101
Vicente Antonetti 787.759.4112
Romel Meléndez 787.759.4115
Luis Ortiz Abreu 787.759.4110
Gabriel Quintero 787.759.4130
Javier Vazquez 787.759.4113


Although the information included in this document may concern legal issues, it is not a legal opinion or professional advice and clients shall not use it as such. We assume no responsibility or liability of any kind for any information contained herein, and we expressly disclaim all liability for any claim for damages arising from the use, reference to, or reliance on, such information. If legal or other expert assistance is required, the services of a competent professional should be sought.

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